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Petition to Missing Persons Awareness Network NFP

Shane's Law Preventative Measures to Save Lives in Illinois Waterways

Missing Persons Awareness Network NFP 501(c)3 Mission: AWARENESS. KNOWLEDGE. PREVENTION. Focus: All missing children and adults across Illinois. Shane Shomidie (29) of Springfield, Illinois went missing April 21st in the Sangamon River, Illinois after spending the day out there with his girlfriend and another couple. All four spent the day drinking and going downstream. Eventually, the other couple somehow fell in the water. A neighbor saw this and called 911. A Rescue team came and retrieved the couple. The couple to the Rescue team that there were 2 more in the water. The Rescue team went out and found Shane and his girlfriend. Shane got on the boat, while the girlfriend refused to go back and made Shane got off the Rescue boat and finish the trip with her. Hours later, Shane was reported missing after the girlfriend stated she left him in the water as she saw him swimming to the shore, and walked away from him. Tuesday, May 1, 2018 Shane rose above water and was recovered and brought home to his family and loved ones. To this day no one has been charged. No one had a vest, they were drinking. Four went in to the water. One was left alone. We are asking for a Bill to be sponsored and passed. With the assistance of Shane's mom Della, Missing Persons Awareness Network NFP are drafting a bill asking for common sense Prevention to become a law. DNR (Department of Natural Resources compiled statistics that state "77 boat related accidents in the Illinois waters in 2014 resulted in 54 injuries and 20 fatalities." .. During the last 5 years the annual average of 95 accidents, 67 injuries and 19 fatalities... 6 of the 20 fatalities last year involved alcohol or drug related impairment. 14 of those may have survived if they had worn a life jacket. Currently Illinois requires life jackets or vests be available for each person aboard a boat or other watercraft including a jet ski. Illinois requires seat belts for vehicles. Let's require all persons of any age on any waterway wear a life vest/jacket. We ask that all Search and Rescue teams (including police and boat patrol) to remove persons out of the water if they are not wearing a life vest/jacket. We also ask that no one be left alone when in the water. Responsibility for each other when in a waterway is common and should be common law. Had that person not left Shane in the water alone without a life vest/jacket knowing that he had also been drinking all day, Shane's life may have been spared, and home with his family and 2 children today.

Missing Persons Awareness Network NFP
1,906 supporters
Update posted 11 months ago

Petition to Alexis Kristine

Stop the 'bmx' grounds and fix Platt Park

When my fiancé and I started our search for our first home, the most important thing we wanted was a park near by for our two year old daughter. We kept thinking, “a park will give her a great outlet to run and play and just blow off some energy every nice day”. We ended up finding that ‘perfect’ home just a field away from Platt Park. The park needed some updating but we thought at the time, it was perfect for our daughter, huge field for her to run and play in, fly kites when she’s old enough, pick up pine cones every autumn and make crafts, the works, we literally purchased our home because of this wonderful field and cute park we would feel safe at every time. Now let’s fast forward literally a YEAR we purchased our home... they are dumping dirt. Piles and piles of dirt, for what? We still aren’t exactly sure what the park district is thinking? A ‘bmx’ field? Why? Why not build up the park that we have come to love, the park that needs work to make sure little kids have a retreat to play and feel safe? Now? Now we have trucks dumping dirt, pile after pile... ruining the view of not only the park, but taking away something that meant so much to my family and my new neighbors families. Countless lives were shook all because of? We aren’t being told anything. No one came to our door and told us what was going to happen so close to our home, no one plans on fixing up a park that my fiancé played at as a child. Our view has changed, our property value has plummeted. Now this ‘bmx’ thing is not only seeing people on bikes but ATV’s! It’s DANGEROUS. I’d like to know how the city of Sterling would feel if someone walked into a gorgeous field literally in front of their home and just started dumping dirt, pile after pile, and didn’t care how they felt. How would you feel if you had to tell your two year old little girl that you can no longer go in that field to play because now it’s too dangerous for her to play?! This has put a bad taste in my mouth as a citizen of Sterling, I really wish they would have looked at all sides before they decided to damage the view.I would like you to take a look at the photos and think to yourself "Why are they causing this much damage to a beautiful field instead of fixing up a park that dozens of children would want to play at if it were SAFER". Please, as a parent, as a citizen and tax payer, please consider my opinion as your own and help me fight make Platt Park a better place. 

Alexis Kristine
102 supporters